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The integrative, reparative and restorative powers of the arts
Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT
Sometimes art therapy looks like an art class. But why is that and how does it confound public perception of the profession?
Can art materials influence your heart rate? It seems the answer may be a qualified "yes."
How is the art psychotherapy experience different from other artmaking experiences? It's time for focused research to understand this unique dynamic.
Can a relatively brief, art-based intervention presented bedside make a significant difference in the life of cancer patients? Yes.
Stephen Colbert attends an "art therapy session," sketches his feelings and lampoons the field on the venerable The Late Show.
Social networking platforms are technically not "tools" found in a proverbial digital art therapy toolbox—or are they?
Does art therapy change your mood and perception of pain? And does art making differ from other "hands-on" tasks? Here are two studies that shed some light on these questions.
Digital art therapy is a relative newcomer to the field of art therapy that includes digital communication, devices, apps and social networking; here is a brief introduction.
Sometimes a spotlight illuminates; at other times, it blinds. Art therapists are experiencing both through a White House spotlight called "Healing with the HeArt."
Expressive arts therapy is part of the continuum of care in medical settings, says a new white paper on the subject of arts in health and wellness.
Who impacted your art therapy career path? Here are four women who impacted mine and blazed a trail for many other art therapy professionals in the 21st century.
Talking to your therapist about your art? Try shifting your perspective from first person to "non-first-person" language. It can make a big difference.
Can clay be a way to mediate depression? A recent randomized controlled trial provides some intriguing and positive data on this sensory-based approach to treatment.
Art therapy's research "romance" with coloring, doodling and drawing as self-regulation continues. Learn more about the latest research.
Are you an editor or a curator? In the long and winding road of publishing, edited books may be becoming curated volumes more often than you think.
It's not as difficult to get a publisher as you imagine—really. But is that a good thing for the field of art therapy?
If you are currently being treated for cancer or are a survivor, try "drawing a picture of health" as part of your wellness plan. It's integrative medicine for mind and body.
A White House spotlight on art therapy generates some illuminating ethics questions for all helping professionals.
The possible elimination of the NEA and other small agencies has been reported by sources such as The Hill, Americans for the Arts and other groups over the past week.
Creative engagement can impact your general sense of well-being; two recent studies on creativity clarify just how creativity affects emotional health in particular.
When fear is the dominant narrative, a few creative practices may help. Here are some recommendations for assisting those most vulnerable to trauma at this critical time.
Recent research underscores that art therapy's role in the resolution of trauma is evident, but on the whole, it's complicated.
Arts expression and expressive arts therapies are changing personal narratives of posttraumatic stress to ones of posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic "possibility."
What makes art therapy "work" has eluded the profession—until recently. Researchers have constructed a five-part model that summarizes the key factors.
There is no doubt that adult coloring books can be forms of emotional grounding and relaxation, depending on the individual. But therapy is more than self-help and self-soothing.
Is art making always a stress-reducing experience? Cumulative research points to "it's complicated;" the art psychotherapeutic relationship plus biomarkers may hold the key.
The transformative powers of artistic expression are found in diving into the depths as well as the reflections of its surfaces.
The practice of visual journaling can be a powerful container for life’s more difficult experiences and transitions, self-care and meaning-making. Start your journaling here.
Expressive arts therapies can enhance self-regulation in individuals of all ages who are experiencing distress; the secret is sensory-based attunement.
The process of recovery happens by taking small steps that can be safely tolerated rather than stretching one’s limits.
Cathy Malchiodi is an art therapist, visual artist, independent scholar, and author of 13 books on arts therapies, including The Art Therapy Sourcebook.